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Striking colours of Australia's landscape captured in the new Australian of the Year Award trophies

7 October 2014

Striking colours of Australia's landscape captured in the new Australian of the Year Award trophies

The new cast glass trophies, designed and made by Newcastle (NSW) artist Lee Howes, bring together the colours of Australia's desert, bush and forest areas and the sea which surrounds our island nation.

Each year, a total of 32 trophies are presented to Award recipients across all States and Territories. The new trophies will be presented to the 2015 Australian of the Year State and Territory award recipients at awards events held in capital cities throughout October and November 2014. On 25 January 2015, the four national recipients - Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero - will be presented with the national trophies.

In the new designs, the national trophy depicts the diverse Australian landscape from the coastal fringes, across the mountain ranges into the vast dry desert region. The State and Territory trophies are a smaller version of the national award and feature the floral emblem of each State or Territory on the side.

National Australia Day Council CEO Jeremy Lasek said Lee's designs were selected for the way in which the essence of Australia was represented in colour and shape. "Lee's designs bring together some of the most recognisable characteristics of Australia - the colours and shapes of our country," said Jeremy.

"The rugged edges of the glass trophies are reminiscent of our coastline and mountain ranges while the jewel-like colours of red-brown, green and blue echo the colours of our land and the ocean which surrounds us.

"The inclusion of the floral emblem on each State and Territory trophy is a wonderful touch and adds another layer of Australian symbolism to the designs."

Artist Lee Howes said her design for the trophies seeks to capture the essence of Australia by representing the natural beauty of Australia.

"Having travelled extensively around Australia, to the far reaches of Cape York, to the pristine waters of Esperance in Western Australia, and recently on a 4WD trip across Australia and through the amazing Red Centre, the colours of all these places left a strong impression on me," said Lee.

"The cast glass sculptures aim to convey the beauty of Australia using the striking earthly colours of the outback combined with the natural beauty of the aqua coast. When the aqua and red- brown glass pieces are heated together and the two colours combine, the variegated greens of our forests and mountain regions are created.

"When I was informed that I had be selected to make these awards I was totally over whelmed. It is such an honour to be given the opportunity to make awards for such amazing Australians."